Speculation was out there that good old Charlie Rangel would try it. Not one to disappoint, he has announced publicly that he will introduce legislation to reinstate a draft on Americans when they reach the age of 18. Frankly, I think he's bound and determined to sink the Democrats in 2008 with this bit of lunacy.
Rep. Charles Rangel, D-N.Y., said Sunday he sees his idea as a way to deter politicians from launching wars and to bolster U.S. troop levels insufficient to cover potential future action in Iran, North Korea and Iraq.
"There's no question in my mind that this president and this administration would never have invaded Iraq, especially on the flimsy evidence that was presented to the Congress, if indeed we had a draft and members of Congress and the administration thought that their kids from their communities would be placed in harm's way," Rangel said.
Rangel, a veteran of the Korean War who has unsuccessfully sponsored legislation on conscription in the past, said he will propose a measure early next year.
In 2003, he proposed a measure covering people age 18 to 26. This year, he offered a plan to mandate military service for men and women between age 18 and 42; it went nowhere in the Republican-led Congress.
Democrats will control the House and Senate come January because of their victories in the Nov. 7 election.
At a time when some lawmakers are urging the military to send more troops to Iraq, "I don't see how anyone can support the war and not support the draft," said Rangel, who also proposed a draft in January 2003, before the U.S. invasion of Iraq.
This country is a long way from needing a draft, Rangel knows it. But if he gets his way, all those college age people in the US will have the Democrats to thank for this. I suspect that they will remember that, too. Polls indicate that 70% of Americans oppose reinstating the draft, by the way.